How To Sharpen Your Critical Thinking

Think Deep

Developing the Mindset

There is so much information coming at us on a daily, that we can easily become saturated. The world has gotten smaller, the news cycle even faster, and it pretty much looks as though this information influx is likely the new normal. All the more reason to hone your mental filter and sharpen your critical thinking to help make sense of what’s going on out there. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in a state of perpetual doubt and criticize everything all the time! Rather, a well developed critical mindset can help you in retaining only what information you determine to be true and relevant, while discarding much of the noise (see Merchants of Doubt). Taking this approach can also boost your confidence as well as work to diminish some anxieties as you pursue your own path of sustainable motivation.

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A New Hope: New York’s Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 A Win for Democracy

This week Ms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Congressional Primary in New York’s 14th District. It was a pretty big win for the believers in democracy who continue to hold out hope that the system can genuinely represent the people. Ocasio-Cortez was a relatively obscure candidate running for the first time against a highly placed and well-funded Democratic Party incumbent, who had held on to his position for the past 10 terms. June 26th offered up a dramatic change.

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The Brilliance of “One Tree Planted”

Tree Power

An Awesome Organization

One Tree Planted is a wonderful not-for-profit that plants trees. The premise is simple. For every dollar donated, they will plant a tree. You can pick where in the world you would like for these trees to be planted, and they will work with local partners to make it happen. It’s an excellent system for making a positive contribution to the planet (see In Defense of Your World), and a practical means of exercising your concern for climate change. Yes, we need speedy and significant policy change to counter the rapid destruction of our forests, but we also need people out there, literally on the ground, planting new trees. This organization offers precisely that!

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Be A Vigorous Defender of Your World

Thoreau Quote

A Proponent of Activism

Henry David Thoreau, the 19th Century American writer, poet, and philosopher, is also considered one of the founding members of the US environmental movement. He wrote much about the need to connect with nature and adhere to higher principals of justice and equality. In so doing, he also advocated civil disobedience and activism. As he described,  “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” This implies that to be good is to demonstrate it through action.

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Bill McKibben in Tokyo

Green filter Tokyo

A Look Through The Green Lens

Famed author and environmental activist Bill McKibben is in Tokyo as part of his Climate Action Tour across a number of Pacific nations. He is here looking to help bring attention to the issues and encourage the acceleration climate action. Mr. McKibben was recently in Tokyo for Earth Day  barely 3 weeks ago, where he spoke to those gathered about the importance of environmental protection and fossil fuel divestment. This time round, he is back for an event hosted by 350.org, the organization he helped found. Mr. McKibben was one of several speakers that had been invited to share their wisdom and insights. I’m thrilled to have had the privilege to attend and learn!

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